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How to Talk to a Beta Reader About Your Fanfiction (Before, During, and After)

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Writers, by nature, keep a tight hold on their work. They obsessively craft and edit and rework until it’s just right (or, at least, just right now). So the thought of handing over your fanfiction to a beta reader for feedback can be, well, terrifying. There is plenty of advice to follow for how to be an effective beta reader, but what about some guidelines for writers? That’s where we come in. Here are some tips on how to talk to a beta reader about your fanfiction… without //

Finding Hope in the Impossible: How Star Trek Will Save the World

August 4, 2017 // 2 Comments

To save the world, Star Trek needs a reboot. When Star Trek: The Original Series debuted in 1966, fans were awed by the futuristic technology and equipment featured on the show. From the starship Enterprise to the tricorder, Trek established a yet unforeseen view into the future; one that was possible to attain. And now, 50 years later, we have seen exactly how much of a lasting effect Trek had on our development as a species. 3-D printing, the Internet, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, cell phones, //

All Was Well: How Popular Media Renders Mental Illness Invisible

July 27, 2017 // 9 Comments

Imagine with me for a moment. Let’s say you’re a 13 year old girl, a little awkward, a little lonely, trying to find yourself in the world, so you run to TV shows and books, taking every line, word, and letter to heart. You find yourself (and who you want to be) in these strange worlds, but not quite everything. Missing from these realities you find yourself lost in, is something that’s becoming a frightening and familiar part of teenagers’ lives. Mental illness. Anyone //

The Great Pixar Debate: How Negroni’s Theory Lends Itself to Fanfiction Writing

July 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

With the pull of a lever, the white and pink door vanished. All that was left was a pile of shredded wood and a knob. While countless other doors still linked the human and monster worlds, this door was shredded to ensure Sulley and Boo were separated and that the pair would never see each other again. Pixar has a habit of pulling at the heartstrings of its audience through its films. Monsters Inc, specifically through this heartbreaking scene between Sulley and Boo, follows this trend. By the //

How to Be a Fanfiction Beta Reader

June 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

So you want to be a fanfiction beta reader? It’s a tough job, but if you take the right approach, beta reading can be immensely rewarding. Positive aspects include getting editing experience, discovering new authors (before they are famous), and giving back to your fandom community. But most betas will report it’s the relationships they build with their writers that makes beta reading worthwhile. Cultivating these relationships, like any other, takes open and honest communication //

History of the Future: Everything You Need to Know Before ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

June 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

Created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, Star Trek has become a cultural icon that has spanned over five decades. Noted for its cultural influences and progressive civil rights acts, Trek included one of television’s first multiracial casts and the first onscreen interracial kiss. While the original show only aired for three seasons, Star Trek now spans over six syndicated television shows, 725 episodes, and 13 major motion pictures. Not to mention the hundreds of graphic novels, comics, //

Is There Hope for the Future of ‘Once Upon a Time’?

June 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the sixth season of Once Upon a Time. Now that the news has been released about cast members leaving and the series finale has aired, the wait is on to see what the new, rebooted Once Upon a Time (OUAT) is going to be like. At the end of the season six finale, we saw a grown-up Henry Mills (Andrew J. West) opening the door of his #815 apartment to the sight of a little girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez), who claimed to be his daughter. This perfectly //

Fiction With a Telescope: The Harry Potter Universe Before the Statute of Secrecy

June 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

A beautiful witch holds a cup of wine in the dark woods
In the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s some subtle yet telling character placement. Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and Tina Goldstein, the disgraced but competent Auror, are women. So what? Big deal. As contemporary European or North American audiences, it’s easy to have a casual reaction to women in positions of power. It’s not so simple though when you put it into historical context. //

VCR Wars: Why Do Star Trek and Star Wars Fans Talk So Much Trash?

May 24, 2017 // 5 Comments

Picard has that voice, but Han Solo has hair. Redshirts always die, but Stormtroopers can’t hit the broadside of a bantha. Tribbles took out a Klingon ship, but Ewoks helped destroy the Death Star. James T. Kirk shook things up with TV’s first interracial kiss. And, well, Luke Skywalker kinda made out with his sister. Both Star Trek and Star Wars are spectacular and space-shattering franchises, and both have spawned a new frontier of fanfiction writing, cosplaying, //

In Defence of Supernatural’s “Bugs”

May 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Hate-Watch is a column by FAN/FIC Editor Malory Beazley. In this column, Malory defends some of the most hated episodes of popular fandom shows, including Supernatural, X-Files, Firefly, and Sherlock. Two brothers road-tripping across America in a ’67 Chevy Impala, killing witches, demons, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Mythology, lore, rebirths, and reincarnations — the premise alone is fodder for hundreds of stories. Indeed, the CW’s Supernatural itself is //